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MU Extension Insider
June 1, 2011


In the news


Upcoming events

Coming and going


MU Extension Insider is published on the first and 15th of the month. Send feedback and comments to Karen Dickey.

In the news

Property loss from disasters may be tax deductible

Disaster victims may recoup some of their uninsured losses because uncompensated property losses from natural disasters are tax deductible, said Brenda Procter, University of Missouri Extension consumer and family economics specialist.

See also: Related news release by Curt Wohleber.


Sedalia tornado

Kay Sparks, 4-H youth development specialist and CPD, reports the tornado that hit Sedalia on May 25 was on the other side of town from where the Pettis County Extension Center is located. No one was injured at the office.

The high winds and tornado destroyed the Sedalia school bus barn, which caused challenges getting the kids home. All students are okay. The middle school sustained some damage.

Megan Webb, nutrition and health education specialist, talks about safety following the tornado in this video:


Joplin tornado

The tornado in Jasper and Newton counties resulted in at least 125 deaths and from $1 billion to $3 billion in damage to the Joplin area. Persistent rains have added flooding to situation.

 FEMA reports that monetary donations are the best way to meet the needs of tornado survivors at this time.  In response, the State 4-H Council is donating all Kids Helping Kids proceeds between now and July 1 to provide some level of focused relief to 4-H families affected by this disaster. 

Kids Helping Kids is a fund devoted to helping Missouri 4-H members and their families in times of need by providing financial grants to 4-H families who have been affected by natural disasters, medical emergencies or similar circumstances.  The Missouri 4-H Foundation encourages your support of this effort and will match all contributions up to a total of $5,000.   

Donations may be made by check or credit card.  Checks made out to the Missouri 4-H Foundation noting “Kids Helping Kids” on the memo line can be sent to the Missouri 4-H Foundation, 819 Clark Hall, Columbia MO 65211. 

Contact Bradd Anderson, 573-884-0576, for more information.


Tiger Hunter

If you have had an opportunity to listen to Mizzou baseball on The Zimmer Sports Network & KTGR this spring, you will have heard Tex Little and former Tiger baseball player Hunter Mense. Hunter is the son of Nancy Mense, 4-H youth specialist. Nancy reports he is at Mizzou finishing his degree in communication and helping with the MU baseball team. Hunter had been playing minor league ball with the Marlins organization for the past five years.


Kelli Wilmes featured on food deserts

 The St. Joseph News-Press did an article on food deserts that featured Kelli Wilmes, nutrition and health education specialist in Nodaway County. See


Upcoming events

New Council to Campus information available

Council to Campus online registration is available online at Each county is encouraged to send 12 people to Council to Campus.

The June 24-25 event is an opportunity for the partnership between MU Extension and the county extension councils to forge new relationships. County and regional councils can learn more about research and programs conducted on the MU campus, and campus and off-campus partners can become better acquainted and work together to implement extension programs across the state.

“As of today, there are 70 registered and on the list,” reports Tony DeLong, county council coordinator.

There is still time to get people sign up to attend.  The registration deadline is June 15.

“Let us know if there is a challenge in your region for an attendee,” Delong added. “We might have a solution to help them attend.”


Support MIZZOU football this fall

Jim Ronald, 4-H youth development specialist, and Boone County 4-H volunteers are organizing the second annual 4-H Day with the Tigers on Sept. 3. Last year more than 1,000 4-H youth, leaders and family members attended. “It was a great promotion for 4-H,” Ronald said.

UMEA is working to sponsor an MU Extension Day at the Sept. 17 Tigers football game, reports   Susan Mills-Gray, UMEA president. Lisa Wallace and Dean Larkin have volunteered to lead this event for our organization and now need two or three UMEA members to work with them as they plan this event.

Please contact Susan, Lisa or Dean no later than June 3 if you would be willing to serve on this short-term committee for UMEA. 


Coming and going

Please welcome

Samuel Atwell, agronomy specialist, SE Region.

Chandra Meyer, nutrition program assistant, SW-Family Nutrition Program.

Connie Griffith, nutrition program associate, NW FNEP.



Albert Kennett, livestock specialist, NE Region.


New beginnings

Kay Sparks, 4-H youth specialist and Pettis County CPD, is now a grandma.  Her daughter Jamie gave birth to a baby boy on May 19 at 7:01 p.m.  Elijah Michael Dehan weighed in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Charlotte Rae Ross Harper arrived late May 17 at 5 pounds, 14 ounces and 19 inches long.  Proud papa Travis said both Joni and baby are well.

Kelli and Stephen Wilmes welcomed 7-pound, 4-ounce Charlotte Jo on May 11. Kelli is the nutrition and health education specialist in Nodaway County, Maryville.



 Jim Krudwig, retired director Missouri Southern State University Small Business & Technology Development Center, Joplin, on the death of his son-in-law, Don Lansaw, from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado. Jim’s daughter Bethany was a feature story on NBC Nightly News last week.


If you have items to include in future issues, please send them to Karen Dickey or Curt Wohleber in the Cooperative Media Group. If you have questions, contact Mark Stillwell, CMG interim director.